Sunday, January 3, 2016

Backstreet Restaurant - Riverside, CA

Backstreet Restaurant
3735 Nelson Street
Riverside, CA 92506

I miss this place so much and am sad that I only recently heard about it through my former colleagues last year. This is a popular lunch spot on weekdays! They are only open from 11am-3pm Monday through Friday. Their sandwiches and condiment bar (pickles, relish, cucumbers, pasta salad, etc.) are delicious!! Another thing I love is that its decorations are very quirky and eclectic. Wish I had more pictures of their decor. I really can't tell you how much I enjoy their pickles, cucumbers, and pasta salad. I love how you can pick which items you want and how much of them you want!


Roast beef in a library... lol

Not pictured is their banana cream pie. I tried it because I saw positive ratings on Yelp and I had heard it was good as well. It was ok. It was definitely more like a creamy jello pudding with stiff whipped cream (not real whipping cream unless it was mixed with something that makes it hold its shape) than the homemade banana cream pies I prefer. I'll stick with eating their sandwiches and everything else!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Dutch Freeze @ Dutch Bros. Coffee

Dutch Brothers (Bullard branch in Fresno)

Tasty coffee and friendly people. Every time.

Their Dutch Freeze ("A frosty, creamy espresso blend made from scratch") is delicious.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict & a Cucumber Bloody Mary @ Home Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)

Home Restaurant
1760 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ever since last year I've been in love with smoked salmon, which I used to dislike. I had smoked salmon eggs benedict with Nicole in LA before I moved out of SoCal and was SO happy. I also tried their cucumber bloody mary. SO GOOD. Btw, this place has a bunch of eggs benedict options and serves them until 4pm! It was difficult to decide what to eat because so many things sounded delicious, but I was satisfied with what I ordered!

 Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict:
"A toasted English muffin topped with smoked salmon, grilled tomato, sautéed spinach, and two poached eggs, topped with Hollandaise sauce."

Homemade Bloody Mary (Cucumber) - Tomato-y and spicy! Loved everything but the celery, but I never like raw celery:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Funfetti Gooey *Cream Cheese* Butter Cookies

I tried this recipe out in April, and people seemed to like the cookies. My friend's friend also has fallen in love with this recipe. She said it has changed her life! :) I used the recipe again today...

The recipe came from Cookies & Cups.They're like little soft bites of funfetti cake but with the taste of cream cheese and the slight texture of a crinkle cookie. The extra sprinkles are definitely necessary.

Recipe (Cookies & Cups)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup Challenge Butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • ¼ cup sprinkles
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  1. With a mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
  2. Add egg & continue mixing, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Add cake mix and beat until combined and finally stir in extra sprinkles.
  4. Chill dough for about an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°
  6. Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. 
  7. Place on baking sheet 2" apart and bake for about 10 minutes.
  8. Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.